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Nov 30, 2008 11:15 AM

lunch around macy's or soho

I will be going to NYC in 2 weeks and would like some options for a nice affordable lunch around 5th Avenue's shopping district/Central Park, or in SOHO. A soup and sandwich place would be great! Any suggestions?

Also, for dinner we are deciding between Carmine's, Trattoria Trecolori, and Virgil's BBQ - what do you think is best?


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  1. Trattoria Trecolori is a favorite Italian of mine and many other Hounds. The homestyle fare is well-prepared and very tasty; service is friendly and efficient; and the large space has attractive decor and nicely-spaced tables.

    Since Carmine's serves family-style, I think its best experienced with a group.

    I'm not a big fan of Virgil's. Instead, I would head to Daisy May's, on the corner of 11th Av. & 46th St.. Service is cafeteria-style and there's not much in the way of decor. But who cares? The bbq is delicious!

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    1. re: RGR

      For lunch around Macy's I recommend Franchia Tea and Vegetarian

      1. re: jackieparis

        Macy's is just a couple of blocks away from a strip of Korean restaurants, on W.32nd Street between 5th Avenue and Broadway. The Korean barbeque places (like Kum Gang San, 49 W.32nd) are great, although not necessarily cheap. For a quick, interesting and reasonably-priced lunch, I would recommend Mandoo Bar, a Korean dumpling place at 2 W.32nd Street (near 5th Ave.).

        1. re: parkslopemama

          Mandoo Bar is a good suggestion. Cheap, good, and quick. I also like Han Bat, particularly for their Hyaemul Dolsot Bibimbap (mixed seafood bibimbap in a hot stone bowl that you have to mix together and cook tableside). 35 St. between 5th and 6th Avs.